Opposition parties in Nelson Mandela Bay are regrouping after withdrawing the motion of no confidence against mayor Athol Trollip on Thursday. It provides relief to the DA-led coalition, which has spent much of its term navigating political turmoil in the metro. Among Thursday’s motions, sponsored by different political parties, was a vote of no confidence against Trollip, speaker Jonathan Lawack and chief whip Werner Senekal. All the motions were withdrawn in a special council meeting. The meeting on Thursday was the third sitting of the same council meeting which had twice descended into chaos, forcing adjournments. However, earlier this week, after receiving political and legal advice on the matter, Lawack decided to reconvene the sitting. The EFF tabled the motion against Trollip in a bid to punish the DA for not supporting its push for land expropriation without compensation. Lawack said the reason for the withdrawal of the motions was because the opposition parties could not m...

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